Talking from experience: we bought a bahia 46 at the bottom price, after it had had 5 years of charter and have been fixing her up while sailing the Carribean and the South Pacific
for the last 3 years.
Bottom line: we are happy with our choice.
As mentioned in earlier posts, some parts
of the boat seem too lightly built, and we did the following re-inforcements: a few layers of fiberglass
on the bottom along the middle of each hull
, added cleats
with full backing, added backing at the back to install a "loading mast" also used to support a wind generator
. Re-inforced the bimini
structure. Added a couple of solar panels
on the davits
, replaced the rigging
and the boom attachement. Added batteries, charger
, some electronics
, a watermaker
, replaced one head with a light washing
Only problem: Yanmar SD40
saildrives. The first thing we did, was replace the engines that had over 7000 hours each, with new ones. To minimize the change, we stayed with Yanmar
and are still regretting it. Their engines are fine, but nobody told us their saildrives are basically flawed by design and start slipping after 500 to 1000 hours, requesting a $2000 repair each time. This is true for the SD40
, a little less but still so for its replacement, the SD50
. Our first SD40 started slipping during the Panama
transit and it took all the captain
skills to complete the transit on one engine
. Being still under warranty at the time, we contacted Yanmar in Panama
City. It took them 4 months and 3 attemps to complete the repair, and the saildrive
still makes a weird noise
even now. We are now always wondering when next we'll lose our gear
But this is a Yanmar problem, not a Bahia 46 issue.
BTW, the engines are not under the bunks. In fact, ease of access to the engines is one of the good features of this boat.
We have not experienced any of the issues listed by one previous poster. The boat sails
very well, is very comfortable. One drawback: the rounded shapes of the settees in the main cabin
and in the cockpit
: they look nice, accommodate 12 people in charter, but are not well suited for 2 people living on board.